Nevada state championships to move north in ’99
Defending 3A Nevada State football champions, the Tahoe-Truckee High School Wolverines, were granted the gift of convenience.
Beginning this year, the Nevada high school football state championship games – four of which the Wolverines have won in the last nine years – will be played alternately between northern and southern Nevada. Northern Nevada schools will host on the championship games on odd- numbered years while southern Nevada will host the even-numbered years.
According to Jerry Hughes, president of the Nevada State High School Sports Association, UNLV’s Sam Boyd Silver Bowl Stadium, site of the championship games for over a decade, is being resodded. As a part of stadium expansions, the artificial turf is being removed and replaced by grass.
With the WAC championship game and the Las Vegas Bowl both being played in December, stadium officials said they felt that the high-school games, tentatively set for Nov. 19 or 20, would do too much harm to the natural turf.
This year, the northern Nevada regional champion will host the state final game.
To ensure the Nevada state final game is played in Nevada, Tahoe-Truckee has agreed to play the championship game in Reno, should they be the northern representative.
Exceptions within the system may occur. If both schools in the 3A are from the south, then the higher seed will host. The same applies to divisions I and II from the north. In the event of a tie, the team seeded higher in the bracket will host.
Championship games in basketball will continue to be played in northern Nevada, while baseball and softball championships will be going south for at least the next five years.
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